Arts & Books
The French thinker was desperate that everyone stop arguing so violently
I want to grant the full weight of tragedy's negativity—and ask if Christian discourse can sustain that"
Lucinda Smyth / December 16, 2016
Like many of us, Netflix's new film about Barack Obama can't make up its mind about the president
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Peter Hobbs / December 15, 2016
"It's about the kind of deaths that happen while we're alive, our half-lives and our lives not lived," writes Hobbs
American novelists are doing a brilliant job engaging with politics. Their British counterparts need to catch up fast
"Her ear for dialogue and emotional nuance is sharp, her tone never slipping from a stream of fresh, evocative imagery" writes Charlotte Runcie
"Atwood is never less than readable, and she sustains her fantasy with gallant ingenuity."
An engrossing dissection of the "coloured aristocracy"
Lucinda Smyth / December 15, 2016
"This is Patchett’s most ambitious novel to date, yet it is a surprisingly quick read, underpinned by a compelling plot and accessible prose."